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Cortech Super 2.0 Backpack

January 01, 2013

A Backpack You Won't Want To Leave Home Without

Color: Black
MSRP: $104.99
www.cortechperformance.com

Gordon Comerford: The Super 2.0 Back Pack from Cortech is loaded with useful motorcycle specific features—all this plus it holds 18 liters of stuff you can’t leave home without. 

The first thing I noticed about the Super 2.0 was its shape. The pack has EVA-backed structural panels in the front and back that act like a skeleton to support the pack and, more importantly, the contents. That skeleton is wrapped in 1680 ballistic polyester and trimmed with stylish, yet functional, Phoslite reflective piping.

The shoulder straps are fully adjustable, have nice padding and even include a chest strap to prevent any unwanted movement. There is also a handy drinking tube clip on the left shoulder strap just low enough so you can find it with your helmet on. 

Another great feature is just the right amount of padding under the breathable mesh back panel, which helps keep you cool and sweat free. Zippered pockets on either side with attractive red lining can hold a standard-sized water bottle and also provide storage for the waist straps.

One of the best features is a hidden helmet house that folds out of the bottom of the pack for when you’re walking around off the bike. It secured my size large full-face helmet. This is way more convenient than hand carrying your helmet all over the place.

 You will immediately notice the red fleece-like lining when you pull the locking zippers tabs. The zippers are heavy duty and operate smoothly, revealing a spacious main compartment with various sized pockets to hold everything from an ink pen to a laptop computer.

Speaking of laptops, there is a lined pocket with a Velcro hold-down strap that will accept a wide variety of laptop sizes. My laptop was well protected and did not move a noticeable inch during transit. An additional top compartment collocated with a zippered, waterproof pouch capable of holding a 100-ounce bladder easily held my wallet, sunglasses, two cell phones and a couple of snacks.

After commuting with the Super 2.0 for a month in the Las Vegas heat, I found the pack to be durable, capable and, for the most part, comfortable. (The shoulder straps could be a little wider to disperse the weight of a full pack a bit better.) The pack fit my back comfortably and rode high enough that it did not contact the motorcycle’s seat.

I wouldn’t say the Super 2.0 is waterproof, but it did a good job of keeping my things dry when I got caught out in a freak Nevada thunderstorm.

If you are looking to upgrade your do-it-all backpack to a motorcycle specific pack, the Cortech Super 2.0 is a good choice. It is well made, has lots of storage and is jam packed with features. This backpack holds its shape for easy loading and unloading, stays put at road speed and looks great.

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